In memory of two former hospice patients, Heartland Home Health and Hospice serving Northeastern Wisconsin held a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans ceremony at the Major General Jacob Brown Green Bay Veterans Manor. Approximately 20 people attended the ceremony and the Heartland staff was able to honor 13 Vietnam veterans with a pinning and presentation of Vietnam beads, which were made by a Vietnam Marine veteran.
“Through the ceremony Heartland acknowledged the invisible wounds that many of the veterans carry,” said Janna Nordeman, Heartland Home Health and Hospice Social Worker. As was vowed to Vietnam Veterans during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, Heartland made the commitment to never again confuse personal disapproval of war with prejudice against those who honorably wore the uniform of our Armed Forces.
Featured speakers included five gentlemen who participated in the Return to Nam Old Glory Honor Flight. They shared their candid testimonies about the healing they found by returning to Vietnam. “This allowed for other Vietnam veterans who attended the event to share some of their experiences and the sadness they felt associated with their time of service,” said Janna. After the ceremony was completed, several veterans thanked the Heartland staff for acknowledging the wounds that were inflicted on them. A daughter of one of the veterans also shared a moving story about how her father’s experience affected them as a family.
In addition to the healing that occurred during the event, due to the generous donations of the Heartland Home Health and Hospice staff, Heartland also provided each veteran attendee with a hearty supply of personal hygiene and cleaning products. Heartland gave the remaining donations to the residents who were identified by Veterans Manor staff as having a need. “This brought smiles and gratitude to several veterans who typically do not come out of their apartments, as they have difficulty interacting with others,” said Janna.